Award-winning poet shares writing during Wordstorm

Poet Lorna Crozier is the guest performer at a special Wordstorm event.

The monthly poetry, prose and spoken word event is set for Monday (April 16) at Diners Rendezvous.

Crozier, who won the Governor-General’s Award for poetry in 1992, began her career as an English teacher and guidance counsellor.

Publishing her first poem in Grain magazine turned her life toward writing.

Her first collection Inside in the Sky was published in 1976. Since then, she authored 14 books of poetry, including The Garden Going on Without Us, Angels of Flesh, Angels of Silence and Inventing the Hawk, which won the Governor-General’s Award.

Crozier is also an inspiring teacher and mentor of other poets. In 1980, Crozier was the writer-in-residence at the Cypress Hills Community College in Swift Current; in 1983, at the Regina Public Library; and in 1989 at the University of Toronto.

She lives near Victoria, where she teaches and serves as chairwoman of the writing department at the University of Victoria.

Her reputation as a generous and inspiring artist extends from her passion for the craft of poetry to her teaching and through to her involvement in various social causes.

In addition to leading poetry workshops across the globe, Crozier has given benefit readings for numerous organizations such as the SPCA, the B.C. Land Conservancy, the Victoria READ Society, and PEERS, a group committed to helping prostitutes get off the street.

Wordstorm begins at 7 p.m., with doors open at 6:30 p.m. To reserve a spot, please call 250-752-8618 or visit www.wordstorm.ca.

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